Explore the most popular birding trails in Dixie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Pretty great hike, but I’d still highly suggest the Red Reef hike over this one.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views and great place to walk our dog!

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful. Only 1 mile to Blind Lake if you drive all the way to the TH. Read my full trail guide with a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/06/hiking-to-blind-lake-boulder-mountain.html

on Cascade Falls

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing views on a nice short hike.

hiking
22 days ago

After turning off the paved highway, you weave your way up the mountain on a dirt road. Once you start passing campsites and other visitors, you start to really climb. The views are awesome, just go slow to watch for other vehicles coming from the other direction around blind corners. We had a low profile vehicle so we stopped and parked along the way and walked the rest of the way up to the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked by a map with a very faint "You are here" and an arrow. That is where the fun begins. To the right, the road continues to another lake, to the left of the trailhead marker is a small path into a fairly dense treeline. Through the trees, the trail is easy to follow, just keep climbing and you will come to a clearing where you can see out over the trees below. Keep hiking up, and follow the path, you will pass several smaller ponds, most of which are dry before reaching the real lake. Watch out for the high altitude for the out of towners, it will really start to affect how fast you can travel uphill. Just take many short breaks and remember to breath with every step. The path winds up and around the canyon until the lake pops out of the trees. When you see the crystal clear water of the Blind Lake, you will feel immediately refreshed.

Set in front of a giant canyon wall lined with trees, Blind Lake is cool and clean. The perfect place to rest and take in all of Southern Utah's natural beauty. The lake is very large and there were even snow banks remaining in May. Nobody was around on the day of our visit and it was so peaceful and quiet. you can see the bottom of the lake and each individual rock along the beach. The wonderful views and beautiful lake were such a wonderful experience, I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

Our family loved this hike—wouldn’t consider it “Hard” at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and beautiful trail!

backpacking
1 month ago

The road is closed 3 miles from the trailhead. Me and two buddies decided to hike in anyways, and it was tough. The road was washed out in several places pretty bad, hence the closure. We're in our early twenties and were dying just getting to the trailhead due to carrying stuff to camp for several days, which then got significantly worse once we reached the actual trail. The whole area has burned also. This made the trail extremely difficult to follow in places.By the lake there are a few spots that didn't burn, but 90% of the area has. We saw elk tracks and caught 3 brook trout in the lake, but that was about it as far as animals. We also woke up to a few inchea of snow, so we waited for it to melt and then hiked out a day earlier than planned. The whole place has a pretty creepy feeling due to the lack of insects or birds. I would give it a few years to grow back before doing it again. Just a heads up.

hiking
1 month ago

BLM land, drove this while looking for free camping sites on BLM land. Basically upland sparce pine forest. It offered solitude and free camping away from the crowds.

Unfortunately they had snow and we drove right past this trail, we turned around to where the starting point should be and saw the empty wood sign. Im assuming they put up the trailhead names once you can hike, but we had to drive back down since there was no cell service to find something else to do.

Driving through this area I just had to pull over at the visitors center and check it out. I didn't plan on this detor, but I kept saying, I want to see what is just around this corner, or just around that rock for it was all so very beautiful. I ended up hiking around here for over a half hour, and I have it on my list to go back and do more of it for it was surprisingly great area. Here is my blog post if you want to see some pictures. http://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/01/?m=1

hiking
5 months ago

steep

walking
5 months ago

nice alternative to Bryce, more rugged, dog friendly

walking
6 months ago

boring, take casto canyon instead

Great short hike. Definitely moderate, not hard hike.

off road driving
7 months ago

Beautiful Drive. We have a upgraded Toyota Tacoma and some of the spots were tight, but overall a beautiful secluded drive.

Variety of changing landscapes with lots of opportunities for photos. It's deemed one of the best scenic drives in America for a reason - don't miss it!

7 months ago

The Whipple Trail ends in the saddle according to this? We made this trip with our one year old on my wife’s back and it was really easy. Due to lack of daylight left we only made it to the saddle but it was a nice little trek. Definitely plan to do again and go down to the valley.

Definitely wouldn't consider this hard. Just a few switchbacks right at the start then it's pretty level at the top. Great views in every direction pretty much the whole hike and it's short so why not?

Amazing and challenging continuous climb from Oak Grove Campground to the mountain ridge above. I'm not sure that this recordings moving time is correct since that was the time for the decent only. There is a marked trail the entire way but it is not for those who are not in shape.

backpacking
7 months ago

I assume this might be ok if you don’t mind paying for more information. This basic level is much less then anyone would need in the field. It is a real problem for anyone to us this information when it is so incomplete.
Be careful
Tom

hiking
8 months ago

The view is amazing but the road is too bad. There are lots of big rocks on the road makes it so hard to drive on.

hiking
8 months ago

short trail but with lots of attention. beautiful!

trail running
8 months ago

I beg to differ from the opinion that this trail is good for trail running. The trail is littered with rocks that won't bother bike tires but that are big enough that stepping inbetween them is necessary and enough of them that its exhausting to find a safe place to step. They aren't big rocks that can be stepped on, they are small enough to roll an ankle if you step on them (hope that makes sense). I'm a trail runner and managed the patience to make it 3 miles up from the south before losing patience and turning around for 3 miles back down. A great BIKING or HIKING experience for sure!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Uphill to a beautiful lake, and wonderful fall colors. The road to the trailhead is a little rough, but did not require 4WD. Definitely worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

very beautiful! I recommend it, a must.

We liked the very old trees ... 4,500 years old

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views! We parked about a mile down from the summit to get a little hike in :)

hiking
10 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful trails I have ever done!

walking
10 months ago

This was a very easy hike and the waterfall was very cool. It was pretty crowded the Saturday afternoon we were there, and the length and difficulty made it a little unsatisfying in light of the drive required (from Cedar City) to get there. Still, very fun and beautiful views. Good for kids.

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